The Ganbu Djila project is funded by the Victorian Government as part of the La Trobe Sports Park Stage 3 development to enable the relocation of the previous baseball facility at La Trobe’s Melbourne Campus to the new location at Charles La Trobe College. $5 million was provided to the project.
State Member for Bundoora, The Hon. Colin Brooks, was in attendance to officially open the new facility, with the launch attended by representatives from La Trobe University, Charles La Trobe College and the various community sport groups who will now call Ganbu Djila home.
Ganbu Djila, which was named in consultation with the Wurundjeri community meaning ‘one play’, is a multipurpose shared use facility featuring a standard baseball diamond overlaid with a full-sized soccer pitch, plus accessible change facilities and a function space.
The new facility and pavilion at Charles La Trobe College will be the new home for the Preston Pirates Baseball Club and La Trobe University Baseball Club, who were tenants of the previous Baseball facility at the La Trobe Sports Park. The new soccer pitch on the other hand will be used by the students of the Charles La Trobe Soccer Academy, which has been designed for students of all abilities.
In another example of the excellent partnership between Charles La Trobe College and La Trobe University, the two parties have developed a Joint Use Agreement, which will provide access to the sporting field to the baseball club on weekends and some evenings, and to the school during school hours.
For more information on the Ganbu Djila Multipurpose Sports Field, including details on how to book the facility for sporting use, please visit the La Trobe Sport website.